Crook County History Center


    feature tantalizing exhibits that tell Central Oregon history in detail …  

    … and houses the museum’s research library, community room and new exhibits.  

    Wind your way through exhibits, discover how Crook County has changed …      
  • LIVING TRADITIONS traces native peoples …

    … that have shared the history of Crook County.  

Welcome to Bowman Museum

We exist to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community, as well as visitors from all over the world, in the stewardship of our unique history.

We serve Crook County residents and Central Oregon visitors by offering new exhibits every year. We also feature exciting speakers, area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, annual celebrations, regular visitation hours, newspaper articles and quarterly publications.

Launched in 1971 through the generosity of the Bowman family and newly expanded through the contributions of hundreds of community members and supporters in 2012, A.R. Bowman Museum serves more than 10,000 students, scholars and visitors each year.

Join Us for Historical Walking Tour 9/29

Fall Historical Tour

Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 - Walking Tour of Prineville

The fall historical tour will feature a walking tour of Prineville utilizing our recently published guide to historical landmarks in Prineville. The date set for the tour is Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. Because of expected wildland fire issues it was decided that an in-town tour would be appropriate. Steve Lent will be the tour guide.

There will be several blocks of walking involved in the tour so it may not be comfortable for tour members with walking difficulties. Please sign up for tour by calling the Bowman Museum at 541-447-3715.

Caboose exhibit ready for debut

by Jason Chaney
Friday, September 21, 2018

The big yellow City of Prineville Railway caboose has sat conspicuously outside the Bowman Museum for months.

Protected by decorative rod iron fencing and lighted by night, it has drawn the attention of many visitors who wonder when the museum will finally open it and its accompanying courtyard to the public.

The wait is almost over.

Next Thursday evening, museum members will get to check out the new caboose exhibit in its finished format, and the next day the rest of the public will be invited to take a look.

Read the full story on the Central Oregonian website ...

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246 North Main Street,
Prineville, Oregon 97754


Tues. – Fri.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 11 – 4 p.m.

(Memorial Day thru Labor Day)
Mon. – Fri.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed major holidays & January


Research Library Hours
Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Special hours by appointment

Staff Contact: (click to email)

Museum Staff:

Sandy Cohen, Museum Director

Steve Lent, Museum Historian

Sarah Baylinson, Collections Manager

Eloise Brummer, Collections Assistant & General Info

Leslie O’Neil, Saturday Attendant